Julie Ertz Jun 27, 2023; Carson, California, USA; USWNT forward Julie Ertz during Women’s World Cup media day at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Julie Ertz, who played for two USWNT World Cup championship teams, announced her retirement Thursday.

Ertz, 31, told reporters after the USWNT’s loss in the recent Women’s World Cup that she had played her last international match. She is also retiring from Angel City FC, after signing a one-year contract in April.

“With immense emotion and processing, I’ve decided it is time to hang up the boots,” Ertz tweeted in a message entitled “THANK YOU!.” “I’ve been blessed to meet and train with some of the best and most inspirational women I’ve ever been around, and I’ve experienced different cultures while traveling the world to compete at the highest level.

“I gave everything I had to the sport that I love. With that I can walk away with no regrets because while I gave soccer every ounce of myself, soccer gave me even more, and for that I’ll always be thankful.”

The midfielder finishes her international career with 20 goals in 122 appearances. She had seven goals in 116 career appearances in club soccer.

Ertz, the wife of Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz, gave birth to the couple’s first child in August 2022, so she’ll have plenty to keep her busy in retirement.

The sports world shared its appreciation for Ertz.

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